Eggplant / Mushroom / Tomato Topping

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Eggplant / Mushroom / Tomato Topping

So versatile!!  And great with Seafood, Chicken, or just over Pasta….

There are two Ahead-of-Time steps — Roasting the tomato and ‘sweating’ the eggplant.  Instructions provided below.

Ingredients / Prep:

8 or 10 Roma Tomatoes – Quartered, roasted in oven
1 med/large Eggplant – Cubed (small), sweated
1 med/large Onion – Sliced or chopped
2 Yellow Peppers – Seeded, chopped
Fresh Mushrooms (1/2 lb or more) – Sliced
Garlic (plenty) – Peeled, minced or crushed
Olive Oil – plenty
Balsamic Vinegar – A few tablespoons

Directions / Assembly:

In heavy sauté pan, heat Olive Oil and sauté separately – Onion, Peppers, Mushrooms, sweated Eggplant, Garlic.  Transfer each ingredient to large mixing bowl – Add roasted Tomatoes and one or two tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar.  Toss to mix all veggies; taste and adjust with a bit more Balsamic if desired.

Serve with sprinkle of crumbled Feta Cheese

Presentations – Serve over Seafood or Chicken, serve over Pasta or Rice, enjoy in Pita Pocket.

Ahead-of-Time….

Prepare Tomatoes (roast for more intense flavor)!

Cut into quarters lengthwise; cut each quarter in half (create smaller ‘triangles’).  Place all on baking sheet.  Pop into oven at 350 degrees — Roast for 20 or 30 minutes, till edges just looking a bit ‘charred’.  Remove from oven.  With plastic spatula, scrape loose from pan, let cool a bit; then store in plastic container.

Note — Some instructions include drizzle of Olive Oil before roasting — I prefer to roast them without oil.

Ahead-of-Time….

Prepare Eggplant (sweat for a bit to draw out extra moisture)

Cut into small cubes; spread out on paper towel.  Sprinkle with salt – Allow to ‘sweat’ for 20-30 minutes.  Blot moisture droplets with paper towel before sauteeing.

Suggestions:

– Can use Sun-Dried Tomato (loosely chopped) instead of roasted tomato
– Can cut up (everything) very fine for Bruschetta Topping
– Can mix in cooked Chicken or Bacon or Shrimp for Pasta Topping

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